The Value Of Hypnotic Trance
According to Milton H. Erickson (writing to Margaret Mead) …
“I have had hypnotic subjects so profoundly interested in their somnambulistic activities that, without any induction of hypnotic anesthesic, they have remained unaware of a lighted cigarette placed in contact with their hand by a person they did not know was present.”
Frederic William Henry Myers (“Introduction,” Phantasms of the Living, Vol. 1, 1886) wrote …
“For the actual interest of the mesmeric or hypnotic trance — I am not now dealing with the rival theories which these words connote — the central interest, let us say, of induced somnambulism, or the sleep-walking state — has hardly as yet revealed itself to any section of inquirers.
“That interest lies neither in mesmerism as a curative agency, as Elliottson would have told us, nor in hypnotism as an illustration of inhibitory cerebral action, as Heidenhain would tell us now. It lies in the fact that here is a psychical experiment on a larger scale than was ever possible before; that we have at length got hold of a handle which turns the mechanism of our being; that we have found a mode of shifting the threshold of consciousness which is a dislocation as violent as madness, a submergence as pervasive as sleep, and yet is waking sanity; that we have induced a change of personality which is not per se either evolutive or dissolutive, but seems a mere allotropic modification of the very elements of man. The prime value of the hypnotic trance lies not in what it inhibits, but in what it reveals; not in the occlusion of the avenues of peripheral stimulus, but in the emergence of unnoted sensibilities, nay, perhaps even in the manifestation of new and centrally-initiated powers.
“The hypnotic trance is an eclipse of normal consciousness which can be repeated at will.”
Dennis R. Weir (The Way of Trance, 2007) wrote …
“Will you be able to distinguish between ‘true love’ and hypnotically created ‘love’?”